THIS WEEK at HILTON POND 15-21 February 2000

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  • On 21 February, after a month of work, all 2.5 miles of nature trails at Hilton Pond Center are finally passable again following the triple-whammy ice and snow events in January. Although all trails are clear, some are not yet usable as net lanes because of branches dangling like swords of Damocles. It will take another few weeks or so to groom them enough to be suitable for mist netting this spring.

  • When we cut down Eastern Red Cedar trees (Juniperus virginiana) that were in the open--as opposed to being crowded in mixed woods --nearly every solitary tree had a bird nest along the main trunk, and nearly all nests appeared to be from Northern Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinalis). We assume these birds will simply move to cedars along the edges, now that the solitary ones are gone. (Photo © Hilton Pond Center)
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin
Purple Finch
House Finch
Blue Jay

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